Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family

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The first complete biography of Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum of Modern Art and the woman who shaped the character and destiny of one of America's most powerful families.

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Nelson's beloved mother (1874-1948) was just as fascinating as he, though considerably less driven. Abby Aldrich's relaxed, worldly attitude differed markedly from the rigid Baptist views of the Rockefellers. Yet she handled her in-laws with aplomb, and her shy, reserved husband, John D. Jr., adored her. While keeping him happy, she pursued her own interests as a pioneering champion of both modern and folk art, helping to found the Museum of Modern Art in 1929. Kert's elegant, perceptive biography does full justice to a warm-hearted, lovable woman.

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“[An] engrossing, psychologically perceptive portrait...absorbing reading.”
—USA Today

“Kert’s penetrating close-up captures not only a remarkable personality but the suffocating nuances of post-Victorian matrimony....[Readers] will relish Abby’s refusal to be pigeonholed....Kert has had the good judgment to explore the family correspondence—and the good fortune to strike gold there.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Well-wrought...Kert, despite all her exhaustive research, happily lets her subject retain all of her formidable vitality and independence....A splendidly intelligent, very readable portrait of a woman who was as wise in the rearing of her family as in the spending of her great wealth.”
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